Above: ‘Glass House Dawn’ by Robin Hill. Below: Glass House by Vik Muniz after Robin Hill
4.30 a.m. I am careening through the narrow lanes of New Canaan, Connecticut being driven by a somewhat adventurous taxi driver who is delivering me to Philip Johnson’s Glass House. As the taxi winds down into the estate, deer are scattering before us as the preamble to early dawn light takes shape above the transparent volume of glass before me.
My editor, John O’ Connor has asked me to photograph the Glass House and to come up with the new ‘Standard’. It’s a tall order to photograph this icon, especially after all the greats have had a go: Ezra Stoller, Julius Shulman and others have all covered it…it’s a bit like trying to play Hamlet after Sir Laurence Olivier has brought the house down….so no pressure then!
I am drawn to the swimming pool and quickly notice that if I lie flat on my belly I can photograph not one Glass House but two. Ah, there’s the rub! It’s a moment of clarity and excuse the pun, reflection. The camera is stationed right on the narrow band of concrete that surrounds the pool. A long exposure of 30 seconds is taking place inside the innards of my armed Canon. I am trying to be completely still. I am trying hard not to breathe. I am desperately trying not to mess this up! Good fortune is my companion that day.
Fast forward 10 years and I receive an e-mail from Christa Carr at the Glass House informing me that world renowned artist, Vik Muniz has re-appropriated my photograph and created an artwork made out of Chocolate Syrup (he only uses Bosco -my wife’s maiden name)…and would I be happy to give permission…would I be happy!!!! I jumped up and down like a punk rocker at a Sex Pistols concert…. for Vik is the subject of the Oscar nominated documenrtary ‘Wasteland’ and an all round era defining artist.
At the recent summer party at the Glass House I had the opportunity to revisit the very spot where the photograph was created ten years previously (see below)
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A wider view shows the spot in context.
The photograph is the cover photograph for Philip Johnson’s authored book of the Glass House. You can purchase a copy here
‘Glass House Dawn’ is available as a limited edition photograph. Please contact Ed Christin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (917) 531 4217 for details.
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